Free crochet pattern | Christmas Wine Bottle Sleeve
Do you ever have an empty wine bottle you don’t know what to do with? Why not turn it into a handmade crochet Christmas decoration?
I love decorating for Christmas, seeing all of the pieces that hold so much memory going up on the tree and being displayed everywhere in the house. This decoration has so much meaning for me. Read on to see why!
Every September, my husband and I join another couple for a weekend wine trip to the Finger Lakes region of NY State. We come away with some of the most wonderful wines, stocking the wine rack for a year!
Of course, we always have some empty wine bottles around. So, this year, I used that as inspiration for a handmade, quick DIY tabletop decoration that costs pennies to make.
The sleeve starts with a flat circle that fits the bottom of the wine bottle perfectly. A row of sc BLO blends the bottom construction perfectly to the mesh body. No seaming is necessary because the sleeve is worked in one piece. I’ve included instructions about how to customize for any bottle.
Stitches: chain, single crochet, double crochet
The pattern is especially appropriate for beginners but a fun make for crocheters of all levels.
What’s cool about the pattern?
- You can use scraps from your yarn stash – it only takes 1.5 oz of worsted weight yarn.
- The pattern is easy to follow and beginner friendly.
- It’s a quick project, taking only an evening or a weekend.
- The sleeve turns any empty wine bottle into a beautifully, elegant tabletop Christmas decoration.
- It makes a great hostess or holiday gift.
Information about yarn, wine bottle and more…
YARN: Any worsted weight yarn – approx. 1.5 oz of the main color and scraps for the tie and fur trim.
Sample: Hobby Lobby “I Love This Yarn Metallic” in Red #736 (MC) for sleeve and White #730 (CC) for tie, Yarn Bee “Snuggle Up” in White (or any faux fur yarn) for the top edge.
HOOK: US Size H-8 (5mm)
MATERIALS: Any wine bottle will do; however, the traditional Bordeaux shape with straight sides and high shoulders works best for tying at the top. (Click HERE for a fun link about bottle shapes)
FINISHED SIZE: Approx. 3” bottom diameter x 12” tall (or the height of the wine bottle)
beg – beginning rnd(s) – round(s)
BLO – back loop only sc – single crochet
ch – chain sp – space
dc – double crochet st(s) – stitch(es)
rep – repeat
- While the instructions specify a certain number of rounds for the bottom circle, the bottom should be worked to the size of the wine bottle bottom before moving on to the “sc BLO” round. This will ensure the sleeve is the correct width for your bottle, fitting snugly around the bottle.
- The bottom of the sleeve is worked in a spiral, not joining after each round. The body is worked in the round, joining with a slip stitch at the end of each round. DO NOT TURN after any round.
- Bottom: Place a marker in the first stitch of the round, moving it up for each subsequent round until the “sc BLO” round.
Wine Bottle Sleeve Written Instructions
With MC, ch 2.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3: (Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) around. (18)
Rnd 4: (Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (24)
Rnd 5: (Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (30)
Rnd 6: (Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st) around, join with slip st to beg st. (36) Do not fasten off.
This is the end of the bottom circle. If your circle isn’t quite large enough for the width of your wine bottle, add another round or two if necessary, following the established pattern of increasing 6 sts per round. At the end of the final bottom round, be sure to join with a slip st to the beg st to begin the body portion of your sleeve.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc BLO in each st around, join with slip st to beg st.
Rnd 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch-1 sp), skip st, (dc in next st, ch 1, skip st) around, join with slip st to 3rd ch of beg ch-4.
Rnd 3: Slip st into ch-1 sp, ch 4 (counts as dc and ch-1 sp), (dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) around, join with slip st to 3rd ch of beg ch-4.
Rep rnd 3 until the body reaches the top of the wine bottle. Note: The sleeve should be a snug fit and can be slightly stretched to extend to the top of the bottle.
Change to faux fur (optional).
Final rnd: Ch 1, sc in each dc and ch-1 sp around, join with slip st to beg st. Fasten off and weave in ends.
With CC, ch 120 or to desired length.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in same st and in each st across. Fasten off and weave in ends.
To attach the tie, put the sleeve on the wine bottle. Determine where you would like the tie to cinch the sleeve around the neck – this will be the row where the tie is inserted. Take one end of the tie and weave it in and out of the ch-1 spaces of the row you’ve chosen. When completed, be sure to pull the tie through so that both ends of the tie are even. Tie in a simple square knot and bow, allowing the tie ends to drape down along the side of the bottle.
That’s it! Enjoy setting out your Wine Bottle Crochet Sleeve decoration.
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